My name is Margaret Franz and I’m a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. I am also the journal manager for Surveillance and Society.


Located at the intersection of rhetorical theory, critical legal studies, and critical race theory, my work examines the discursive struggles over political representation resulting from modern liberal democracy.  My current project investigates how official methods of interpretation and argument construction coevolve with social movements in driving changes in US citizenship law from Reconstruction to the War on Terror.